The kids aren't all right

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Federal law requires colleges and universities to report sexual assaults on campus. It's different for kindergarten through 12th grade, where there's no guidance to report those assaults between students. In elementary, middle and high schools, the Associated Press found a shocking level of sexual violence among students throughout the US.

On this episode of Reveal, we delve into the results of AP's yearlong investigation.

We start off in Maine, where AP reporter Robin McDowell examines what happened to a junior high student after he told school officials how other students bullied and sexually assaulted him starting in eighth grade. Many victims, school officials and parents are reluctant to talk about cases like this, so the larger problem goes unreported.

The AP also found that for every child abused by an adult at school, seven are abused by peers. Reveal host Al Letson speaks with reporters Reese Dunklin and Emily Schmall about the obstacles that these victims and their families face in the search for justice.

Reveal reporter Katharine Mieszkowski takes us to one Oklahoma school district where students pressured school administrators to do more to help victims. And from Oregon, she reports on how some school districts are trying to identify warning signs and intervene before students' troubling sexual behavior harms other kids.

Illustration by Tess Robin/Reveal



Al Letson